83′ 1924 Fife Schooner - ID: 45128


LOA 97' 0"
LOD 83' 0"
Beam 17' 0"

83′ 1924 Fife Schooner


Built at the Fife yard in Fairlie, Scotland in 1924 Adventuress has all the features one would expect grand pre-war classic: an impressive spread of canvas, fine ends, a graceful sheer line, and intricate varnished joinery on deck and below.  Not merely a piece of furniture,  Adventuress is an exceptionally capable, versatile yacht, a comfortable cruiser, proven classics racer and an exceptional blue water passage maker.

After a comprehensive restoration at Rockport Marine in 2012 (detailed below), Adventuress has all modern systems and amenities and maintains a Lloyds 100A certification.  Since her refit she has done 4 transatlantic passages and logged 30,000+ miles of offshore sailing without skipping a beat.  Adventuress is currently lying in Antigua.


Adventuress was built in 1924 for a Glasgow gentleman named Norman Clark Neil, a competitive sailor and owner of several smaller Fife Meter Boats.  Neil sold her after about a decade and her history though the late thirties and WWII is less well documented.  Its reported that she may have been requisitioned by the Germans during WWII to serve as a patrol boat and was at some point, scuttled in Villefrance harbor in the south of France.

Following the war she was raised, refit with a ketch rig and center doghouse and renamed Isabelle.  She split time between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean under a number of European owners till the 70s when she came under American ownership.  During the 70s and 80s Isabella spent summers in New England and winters in the Caribbean chartering out of Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua.  In 2000 her new owner renamed her Adventuress and started the process of converting her back to her original layout, reconfiguring the deck layout and reinstalling a bowsprit.


Adventuress’s current owner brought her to Rockport Marine in 2009 shortly after purchasing her for what was planned to be a regular winter maintenance.  The yard pulled the covering boards to investigate the source of deck leaks and it quickly became apparent more significant work was in order.  Ultimately it would become a full restoration.  Her deck and interior were removed to allow access to her framing and backbone, the vast majority of which was replaced.  She was fitted with a new interior, deck, deck structures and a converted back to a schooner rig.

  • New white oak forefoot, stem, sternpost and horn timber (original keel was saved with all bolts replaced)
  • New bronze and white oak floors
  • Significant portions of framing replaced with white oak
  • All new deck beams and laid teak deck and laminated full length sheer clamps
  • Considerable re-planking in teak
  • Entirely new rig – laminated Sitka spruce spars, with all new custom fittings, standing rigging, winches, and deck gear
  • complete systems refit – plumbing, electrical, engine, generator, refrigeration, instruments
  • New monel tanks
  • New suit of Nat Wilson (E. Boothbay, ME)
  • New interior including raised panel black walnut salon



  • B&G H2000 electronics package with displays in owner’s cabin, doghouse and cockpit (removable) and cockpit instrument displays
  • Iridium Sat Phone
  • 2 x Icom VHF/Hailer
  • SSB
  • GMDSS system
  • PC laptop with Nobeltec nav. software
  • Simrad Autopilot



  • 2012 305 hp Cummins QSB5.9-305HO diesel engine
  • ZF Marine gear
  • Stainless shaft
  • 3 blade feathering bronze prop
  • 12/24V alternators
  • Northern Lights M844W3.3 16 KW diesel generator
  • Reverso Oil Change pump



  • Laminated Sitka spruce spars
  • 7×7 Stainless steel standing rigging w/ spliced ends
  • Custom bronze spar fittings from Fife drawings
  • Full suit of Nat Wilson Sails – Main, Main Jackyard topsail, Fore, fore-topsail, Staysail, Jib, Jib Topsail (#1-3), Fisherman Topsail (#1 & 2), Storm Trysail
  • Harken Winch package – custom bronze drums, 6 hydraulic winches (2 x 60.3 primaries and 4 x 70.2 two each at fore and main mast) manual runner winches
  • Harken Hydro II hydraulic power pack


  • Victron Quattro 120A 5000W 240/120V inverter/charger
  • Transformer for US and European shore power
  • 120V and 12v outlets throughout
  • separate house, main engine start, generator start and GMDSS back up battery banks



  • 2 x 175 gal. monel fuel tanks
  • 2 x 82 gal. monel freshwater tanks
  • 2x 38 gal. and 1 x 40 gal. black water tanks
  • 2 x 45 gal. gray water tanks



  • 240V ideal Windlass
  • 2 x 150 LB yachtsmen anchors w/ 300’ of ½” chain
  • Removable davits


  • Fixed MP Flow Max Five fire system
  • Hardwired Hypalon engine room fire extinguisher
  • Portable extinguishers
  • America West Diesel crash pump
  • Manual Edson bilge pump
  • 2 x Oberdorfer 300B bilge pumps
  • 11 x Immersion suits
  • DBC 6 liferaft


  • Seafrost front open fridge
  • Seafrost under-counter freezer
  • 4 burner propane stove and oven with hood
  • 2 x manual marine head
  • Woodburning fireplace


  • 12’ AB rigid inflatable dinghy with 25hp tiller steer outboard


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